indictments unsealed Feb. 5 allege that a former Oklahoma
Tax Commission employee concealed a conflict of interest
and illegally collected $7,000 in state pay and travel expenses,
according to a statement from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s
Leon Qualls Jr. of Yukon, OK, is charged with conspiring
against the state, obtaining money by false pretenses and
Qualls, his wife, and Byron McFall Jr., owner of Transport
Services Link Inc., also were charged with conspiracy.
were charged Jan. 30 during the grand jury’s ongoing investigation
into allegations of kickbacks and bribery among Oklahoma
Tax Commission employees and service agents. Leon Qualls
was a Tax Commission field auditor. Tanya Qualls owns Mustang
Tag Agency in Yukon. McFall owned Transport Services Link
Inc. in Oklahoma City, Yukon and Mustang.
to Oklahoma Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson, the three
are accused of conspiring to defraud the state by allowing
Leon Qualls to prepare quarterly fuel tax returns for certain
McFall clients and funneling the payments for his work through
Mustang Tag Agency.
Tax Commission employee, it was a conflict of interest for
Leon Qualls to prepare these reports based on his position
as a field auditor,” Edmondson said. “McFall would sign the
returns that Leon Qualls prepared and pay Qualls through
his Mustang Tag Agency.”
also was indicted separately on nine counts of obtaining
money or property by false pretenses and nine counts of perjury.
According to Edmondson, Qualls filed nine false travel claims
and perjured himself by filing nine other false travel claims
the grand jury has indicted 11 people during its Tax Commission
probe. The grand jury is scheduled to reconvene March 18.